I Don't Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST

By Dr. Frank Turek

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Cross Examining ideas against the truth and Christianity. Brought to you by CrossExamined.org and AFR.net

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Person of Interest | with J. Warner Wallace
48:13
Detective Wallace is back to show us through his new book, Person of Interest, the monumental and unparalleled impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on the entire world.  But this isn’t a softball interview.  Frank plays devil’s advocate with Jim to see how he responds to some tough objection’s skeptics might levy against some of his points, such as: Sure, Jesus has had a big impact, but couldn’t Christianity be based on a lie and then promoted by the Roman empire? You say Christians started science, but everyone was a Christian back then, so what’s the big deal? Aren’t science and Christianity at odds?  After all, look at how the church treated Galileo! As for the book, it is truly a unique and inspiring work that helps you realize the tremendous influence of the historical Jesus, which is best explained by His resurrection from the dead.  Person of Interest is wonderfully argued and illustrated (over 400 drawings).  If you want to buy the book or view a sample chapter, go to www.personofinterestbook.com. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Sep 24, 2021
Do you trust science?
48:11
Do you trust experts? Do you trust science? Why do we get conflicting advice from experts and scientists? Frank investigates those questions by citing the bogus papers Dr. Peter Boghossian published in academic journals which exposes that experts, like the rest of us, are susceptible to biases, social pressure, ideological blindness, and groupthink. Be especially wary when people claim there is a scientific “consensus"! That normally means there really isn’t a consensus, and people will pressure dissenters into silence. But the history of science shows that our knowledge advances when we question the prevailing orthodoxy— when we ask for the evidence that people use to come to their conclusions. Frank also cites evidence that science related to Covid has become politicized— that certain policies and treatment recommendations lead to contradictions and questions. The censors will be out for this episode! Links cited: My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’ The Grievance Studies Affair revealed There is no American monarchy Ivermectin Wins in India Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 A five-day course of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 may reduce the duration of illness If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Sep 17, 2021
Is There Really a Tree of Life?
48:11
When evolutionist Richard Dawkins was asked for the most powerful evidence for evolution, he cited the tree of life. We see it in all the textbooks— all living things are ancestrally related in a tree of life. But what is the evidence for that tree of life? Is there any counter-evidence to it? Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank to point out three massive problems to conclude that there really is a tree of life, one of which is that the computers that generate the tree are programmed to do so regardless of what genetic evidence you input. In other words, no matter what data you put in, you will always get a tree! Steve then identifies evidence against common ancestry and offers three scientific arguments for the existence of God. Frank and Steve also discuss the resignation of atheist Professor Peter Boghossian from Portland State University. According to his resignation letter, Dr. Boghossian resigned because "brick by brick, the university has made this kind of [free] intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division." Articles/websites discussed: Why God is still the best scientific theory to explain our life on Earth Steven Weinberg and the twilight of the godless universe My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. ReturnOfTheGodHypothesis.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download The Transcript
Sep 10, 2021
Why is everything political?
48:15
Sep 03, 2021
A Short History of Islam
54:16
Aug 27, 2021
A Short History of Tyranny
48:22
Aug 20, 2021
Proving Jesus without the Bible
48:16
Aug 13, 2021
What’s the Solution to the Identity Crisis?
48:16
Aug 06, 2021
A Scientific Way to Show that God Exists
48:13
Jul 30, 2021
Has God Failed You?
48:18
Jul 23, 2021
What if MY truth contradicts YOUR truth?
48:18
Jul 16, 2021
More Hidden Themes in the Bible with Dr. Chip Bennett
48:18
Jul 09, 2021
Religious Freedom: Behind the Scenes at the State Department
48:18
Jul 02, 2021
Hidden Themes in the Bible with Dr. Chip Bennett
48:18
Jun 25, 2021
Is the Christian Left Hijacking the Church?
48:18
Jun 18, 2021
More Reasons You Can’t Make the New Testament Up
48:18
Jun 11, 2021
What’s in a name? Evidence!
48:18
Jun 04, 2021
Woke Soldiers?
48:02
Is the US Military going woke? Is it getting too political?  If it is, why should Christians care? Some say that the Pentagon’s "Countering Extremist Working Group” is targeting conservatives, and maybe even Christians in the military, painting everyone as a right-wing extremist.  The head of this task force has let his leftist political leanings known.  Moreover, a Lt. Col. in the Space Force has recently been relieved of his command for writing a book exposing Marxism in the military.  Did he have the authority to do that?  Is he telling the truth? Join Frank as he addresses these issues and points out that the kind of “diversity” and “equity” demanded by the Left does nothing to advance the mission of the US military and may even hurt that mission. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   WokeSoldiers-IDHEFTBAAPodcast4.28.21
May 28, 2021
Cancelling Cancel Culture
48:13
What comes to your mind when you hear “cancel culture”? Words that come to mind are rash, hostile, judgmental, unforgiving, graceless, and subjective. Join Frank as he unpacks some problems with cancel culture and answers this important question: How are Christians supposed to respond when pressured to agree with ideologies that are unbiblical and harmful? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CancellingCancelCulture-IDHEFTBAAPodcast5.21.21
May 21, 2021
Freedom Requires Restraint
48:07
What does it really mean to be free? Does it mean that you're free of all restraints? If it does— as many in our culture seem to think— then exercising that kind of freedom will lead to your demise. Can you really create your own reality, independent of the facts? You’ll be amazed at what some college students think about this. You’ll hear an unforgettable clip of what they say about what should be uncontroversial and obvious truths. During this show, Frank unpacks the critical difference between being free FROM and being free TO. He also shows why the cancel culture is so joyless and hostile, and why you will never get peace without truth. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   FreedomRequiresRestraint-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.14.21) FreedomRequiresRestraint-IDHEFTBAAPodcast5.14.21
May 14, 2021
Unbelievable? With Justin Brierley
48:13
Justin Brierley, host of the wildly successful debate podcast from the UK called Unbelievable? joins Frank to reveal why he’s still a Christian after hearing atheist arguments for the last 15 years.  Justin moderates debates and discussions between Christians and atheists or people of other faiths (Frank has been on the program twice).   Justin and Frank discuss the best arguments for atheism, the problems with materialism, and the fact that the new atheism is dying as atheists are becoming increasingly more open to Christianity. Join Justin, N.T. Wright, Josh, and Sean McDowell, and many others online for the 2021 Unbelievable conference on May 15.  Details are here. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Unbelievable-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.8.21)
May 07, 2021
Cancelling the Myth: Sharing the Gospel Online is Not Effective
48:06
Jorge Gil, Executive Director of CrossExamined.org, guest hosts this week’s episode of the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist podcast. Jorge dives into the challenges of the digital mission field during his interview with Jon McCray, founder of the incredibly successful YouTube channel, Whaddo You Meme?? Does the internet only have room for the me-centric “Christian influencer” or can we do better? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CancellingTheMyth(5.1.21)
Apr 30, 2021
The Key to Your Life in One Verse
48:15
John Stonestreet, President of the ColsonCenter.org joins Frank to unpack one verse in the Bible that will determine the fate of your life.  To the extent that you can control your life, this one verse says it all (and it’s NOT John 3:16— in fact, it’s not even in the New Testament).  This is a very practical show that will help you and your loved ones set the right path for life. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TheKeyToYourLife-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.26.21)
Apr 23, 2021
Your God is Too Small
48:10
Well, this is going to be provocative. Frank says that your God is too small if you can’t understand why Jesus is the only way. Your God is too small if you can’t imagine that God would disagree with you on certain moral matters. Your God is too small if you can’t understand why God would kill a man for simply preventing the Ark of the Covenant from falling into the mud. This episode will help you comprehend who the true God really is. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   YourGodIsTooSmall(4.17.21)
Apr 15, 2021
Jesus a Racist?
48:10
A “woke” pastor recently released a popular TikTok video charging Jesus with racism.  After all, in Mark 7 Jesus appears to call a Canaanite woman a “dog.”  On the face of it, that appears to be at least slander, if not racism.  What do we make of this?  Frank addresses that question as well as: Should we just take Christianity on blind faith? How should we respond to pastors blessing sexual immorality? And should United Airlines have a racial and gender quota for their pilots?  They just announced that they are planning on it! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   JesusARacist?-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.10.21)
Apr 09, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis PART 2 with Dr. Stephen Meyer
48:48
Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank for part 2 of the three major discoveries that comprise his excellent new book, Return of the God Hypothesis.  They discuss the evidence for The beginning of the universe The fine-tuning of the universe The information found in living things All of which points to an intelligent being.  Who is this Intelligent being?  The God of the Bible?  And what about the God of the Gaps objection? Frank and Steve touch on those and other questions.  In the meantime, make sure you get the book because there is so much more there If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ReturnOfGodHypothesisPt2-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.3.21)
Apr 01, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Dr. Stephen Meyer
48:15
Is science and religion at war? If so, why were the founders of modern science all theists, most Christians? Why did God as a cause fall out of favor for a while but is now returning? What about God of the gaps? Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank to discuss some major findings expressed in his excellent new book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Their far-reaching conversation includes answers to the questions just mentioned, plus: Why do the laws of nature exist? What are they? Do they actually cause anything? What three discoveries over the past century are causing the return of God's hypothesis? What evidence do we have that the universe had a beginning? Did the universe really come from nothing? Couldn’t it have come from pre-existing matter? Why say God caused it? Why not a multiverse or a quantum vacuum? This is only part 1. Come back next week when Dr. Meyer returns to discuss the evidence for the fine-tuning of the universe as well as the evidence for intelligence in life. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ReturnOfGodHypothesis-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.27.21)
Mar 26, 2021
You Can’t Make this Stuff Up!
48:07
How can we know that the New Testament writers are telling the truth?  Frank presents three lines of evidence to show that they didn’t make up the NT story:   It has EMBARRASSING DETAILS that would not have been invented by those trying to pass off a lie as the truth.   There is EMBEDDED CONFIRMATION between the gospel accounts that show the writers either were eyewitnesses or are citing independent eyewitness sources of the same events.   The Jewish writers died EXCRUCIATING DEATHS when they could have saved themselves by staying with their Jewish beliefs and denying the Resurrection.   There are many points in this show that you can share with your unbelieving friends.  Just ask them before you do: “If Jesus really rose from the dead to prove He is God, would you follow Him?"   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org.   Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   YouCantMakeThisStuffUp-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.20.21)mp3
Mar 19, 2021
Can You Believe Something You’ve Never Seen?
48:10
Many people say that they can’t believe in miracles because they’ve never seen one.  Is that a good reason to disbelieve in the miraculous?  Frank points out that you believe in a lot of things that you’ve never seen, and that miracles are exactly the kind of phenomenon that occurs rarely.  If they occurred more… well, you’ll have to listen.  So should we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?  Frank gives four lines of evidence to show that the answer is yes.  In fact, it takes more faith to believe Jesus did NOT rise from the dead.  (Note: This podcast builds on the evidence presented in last week’s show.)   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org.   Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast  rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CanYouBelieveSomething-IDHEFTBAAPodcast2(3.13.21)mp3
Mar 12, 2021
Murder Without a Cause?
48:01
Did former football star O.J. Simpson actually murder two people back in 1994?  The evidence appears overwhelming that he did.  Frank goes through that evidence and then relates it to the question of God’s existence. What is the probability that this evidence would exist if OJ was NOT the murderer? Likewise, what is the probability we would have the evidence for God we have if God does NOT exist? Along the way, Frank discusses the cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments, and even uses a poker analogy to illustrate the prohibitive odds of saying that God does NOT exist. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher MurderWithoutACause-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.6.21)
Mar 05, 2021
Progressive Christianity: Coming to a Church Near You
47:29
A self-described "progressive" Christian church in Nashville, TN made headlines last week with a meme claiming the Bible is not the word of God, not infallible, and not inerrant. Years ago, this was an evangelical church in the heart of the Bible belt, but over time, the slow and subtle shift toward liberalism and postmodernism came to a head when they declared themselves a "progressive" church. Alisa addresses questions including: What is the progressive view of the Bible? How does this view contradict the historic Christian view of the Bible? What are some ways progressives try and pass their views as "Christian?" How do progressives change the definitions of commonly understood words and phrases? What is Jesus' view of Scripture and how does it contradict the progressive view? What does a typical progressive doctrinal statement look like? How can we spot these ideas in our own churches? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ProgressiveChristianity-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.27.21)(
Feb 26, 2021
The Ravi Zacharias scandal and the truth of Christianity
48:04
The report is out, and it is devastating.  Many of the facts have come from the victims themselves and have been verified by looking at Ravi’s own smartphones, which included text messages, emails, and pictures.  For several years Ravi Zacharias had been living a double life; on one hand as a respected Christian apologist, evangelist, and ministry leader; on the other as a serial sexual predator—a man who used his reputation to groom women, many of them massage therapists, to engage in immoral behavior against their will. Frank comments on Ravi’s unconscionable behavior and addresses several questions including: Why did no one notice this earlier? Why didn’t the Holy Spirit prevent this and other high-profile falls? Does this disprove Christianity? What can we do to prevent this from happening again? Frank also cites 10 ways that such evil behavior is actually a reminder to us that the Christian worldview is true and opposing worldviews are not. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   RaviZachariasScandal(2.20.21)
Feb 19, 2021
Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?
49:52
If you believe in the Resurrection or the biblical miracles, skeptics will often dismiss your beliefs by saying that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.   Is that claim true?  What does “extraordinary” mean?  Do skeptics and atheists apply that standard to their own beliefs?  In this show, Frank lays out some of the evidence for Christianity— some of which is extraordinary— and then examines the counterclaims of atheists.  It turns out that atheist claims are extraordinary, yet they have no evidence for them!  Frank also addresses these questions:  Why is there evidence for anything?  Why is does this orderly universe exist and why can our minds gather and understand that evidence?   What best explains ordinary cause and effect? You might become amazed at the ordinary all around you. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoExtraordinaryClaims-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.13.21)
Feb 13, 2021
Racism Doesn’t Explain Everything
49:51
Why are women paid less on average than men for the same job? Is it sexism? Why do certain ethnic groups have worse outcomes than others?  Is it racism?  Why did Alberto Salazar beat Frank Turek by 43 minutes in the 1981 New York City Marathon?  Was it discrimination?  How do you discover the causes for different outcomes in life?   Frank shows that true cause and effect regarding outcomes in our society is much more difficult to establish than those who chant slogans.  There are hundreds of reasons why people wind up where they are.   Discrimination may explain some of it, but our country has made great progress away from racism despite what current woke people say.  Racism does not explain everything.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 06, 2021
Tactics for People who Won’t Listen
49:50
Greg Koukl, the author of the great book Tactics (the 10th Anniversary edition), joins Frank to discuss tactical ways you can have conversations with people who won’t listen— people who claim that they reject the use of reason.  In fact, if you use reason, that’s just a cover for your racism!   They also discuss the hazards of using the term “social justice”, and how to respond to those who do. As always, Greg provides helpful insights on how a Christian can effectively navigate this increasingly hostile culture. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jan 29, 2021
EVIL NEVER RESTS
49:49
Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him.”   Yet, there’s an expectation that you’re supposed to have an informed opinion on an event the second a story breaks.  And if you don’t say something, you’ll be accused of not caring:  Silence is violence!  Silence is compliance! Frank applies this insight to a question about the riots and then addresses questions related to: Is there ever a justification for using violence against your government? Are biblical prohibitions about homosexual behavior really about pedophilia? How can we be sinless in heaven if we have free will?  Won’t there be the potential for sin? How can prayer work if God knows all things in advance? Is recreational marijuana biblical? If God designed DNA, then why are there birth defects? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher EvilNeverRests-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.23.21
Jan 22, 2021
“Immortal: How Death Drives Us” with Clay Jones
49:51
Are you happy or sad about current events?  Don’t get too happy or sad because the things of this world are temporary.  The state is temporary, but you are eternal. Solomon said that God has put eternity on our hearts.  But unless we accept God’s gracious offer of Heaven, we will try to find substitutes for God in an attempt to satisfy our desire for immortality.   Join Frank as he welcomes Dr. Clay Jones to share findings from his new book, Immortal:  How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.  Clay and Frank have an insightful conversation about many related issues, including philosophy, C.S. Lewis, why some Christians fear death, and whether or not true meaning can be found without God. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ImmortalHowDeathDrivesUs-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.16.21
Jan 15, 2021
The Roots of Riots
49:49
Why was there a riot at the Capitol by Trump Supporters?  Why have there been riots across America this year by Leftists?  What are the roots of these riots?  Frank exposes the underlying problem in our country that has led to violence.  There is plenty of blame to go around, including the church. There is no excuse for this violence but there are plenty of explanations. Along the way, he distinguishes between causes and conditions and what Christians should do to help our country. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher RootsOfRiots-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.9.21
Jan 08, 2021
Using Beauty to Deceive
49:51
If you want to deceive someone to believe a falsehood, dress up the falsehood to look beautiful or at least more attractive.  This deception occurs every day in our culture, and sometimes the church when people use language as a beautiful cover for sin.  In this show, Frank looks at how people do this by using attractive words— such as Love, tolerance, justice, equality, progressive, and the like— to make you feel better about doing something wrong.  Listening might help you discern truth from deception and avoid sin and pain. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 31, 2020
Of Infinite Importance
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How many of the objections did you hear about Christianity strike at the heart of Christianity? In other words, if you couldn’t answer them would that mean that Christianity is false?  Frank has discovered that the answer is no.   Christianity is still true even if such objections or questions remain unaddressed.  In this show, Frank unpacks that point and C.S. Lewis’s maxim that Christianity, if true, is of Infinite Importance.  Why? Because how you respond to the true meaning of Christmas will determine your eternity. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 23, 2020
Critical Theory with Dr. Neil Shenvi
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Why are people being canceled for recognizing clear biological facts?  Why are all white people being declared racist regardless of their behavior?  Why are people being ordered to repent for sins they never personally committed?  Dr. Neil Shenvi explains that these and other shocking phenomena in our culture are the results of a growing view of the world called “Critical Theory.”  He joins Frank to answer questions such as:  What is Critical Theory?  What does it get right, and what does it get wrong?  How does it line up with the Bible?How does it oppose what Martin Luther King taught? What are some signs that it is seeping into your church?   What questions should you ask people who believe it? What practical steps should we take to improve race relations in America?  As you’ll see, Neil is very clear and concise about this growing movement in our culture.  If you don’t care about this now, you will be made to care.  See much more about this topic on Dr. Shenvi’s website:  www.ShenviApologetics.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 18, 2020
“Chasing Love” by Sean McDowell
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Almost everyone is in love with love. But what is love and how does it relate to sex? Dr. Sean McDowell joins Frank to offer insights from his new book 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚: 𝙎𝙚𝙭, 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. Frank and Sean discuss everything from the purpose of life to the purpose of sex, as well as issues such as singleness, pornography, cohabitation, and transgenderism. These issues are overtaking our culture, and Christians must be able to understand them and help the people they impact. This podcast will help! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 11, 2020
How Should Christians Disagree About Important Things?
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By Richard Land   This past week the Evangelical world has reverberated with a debate by two of Evangelicaldom’s most illustrious, influential, and popular theologians: John Piper and Wayne Grudem. On October 22, John Piper wrote an article, “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin: Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Elections.” In which he explains why he would not be voting for Biden or Trump and noted in a tweet that “the reasoning really matters.” Piper’s article ignited a firestorm of discussion on social media. On October 27, Wayne Grudem wrote an in-depth response to Piper, “A Respectful Response to My Friend John Piper about Voting for Trump,” which appeared in The Christian Post.  I won’t try to summarize what they said. They did that themselves, succinctly and with clarity and passion. They were both clearly aware that they were in disagreement about profoundly important issues. And yet, they were respectful and well-mannered. They did not allow their substantive disagreements to escalate to rancor and to degenerate into personal attacks. In fact, prior to Grudem publishing his response, he sent a copy to his friend of many years, John Piper, for comments. Piper responded that Grudem “had represented him fairly” and “that he counted me as a dear friend.” Grudem explained that then Piper in a pure “Piperesque” touch “pointed out how I could make one of my arguments stronger.” Piper and Grudem do have very significant and differing points of view on the issue of the 2020 election (and in the interest of full disclosure, I think Grudem gets by far the better of the argument). You can read these positions for yourselves and draw your own conclusions. The most important part, however, of this Piper-Grudem debate is that it models how Christian brothers and sisters should be able to debate and discuss substantive and important issues of disagreement (“iron sharpeneth iron,” Prov. 27:17) and do so in a manner that honors Christ. Unfortunately, this model of civility and respect for differing viewpoints is far rarer than it ought to be in today’s Christendom. Once again, in the interest of full disclosure, I have met both men, but I have a far more developed relationship with Dr. Grudem. I do try to read everything they both write since both are such excellent writers, even though my theological perspective is somewhat different than theirs. One of the most interesting things about the Piper-Grudem debate is that both men’s theology tells them that God “decreed” or “ordained” who was going to win next Tuesday’s presidential election before the foundation of the world, while I merely believe that He always knew the outcome as a function of His omniscience, not necessarily His omnipotence. In conclusion, I am extremely grateful to Dr. Piper and Dr. Grudem for providing such an inspiring model of how Christian brothers can disagree in a way that honors our Savior and His Kingdom. I must confess that I had started to pen a response to Dr. Piper’s piece before I read Dr. Grudem’s response. Alas, my column was not as elevated in tone as Dr. Grudem’s, and so I am grateful to have this positive influence on my attitude. Finally, let us always remember that even if the candidate we support does not win next Tuesday, God is still on His throne. God may send judgment to America, but God’ church will continue on “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Recommended resources related to the topic: How Philosophy Can Help Your Theology by Richard Howe (MP3 Set), (mp4 Download Set), and (DVD Set)  Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl (Book) Richard Land, D. Phil, Professor of Theology (A.B., 1969; Th.M., 1972; D.Phil., 1980; Honorary D.D., 2009). Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013,
Dec 07, 2020
“How (Not) to Read the Bible” with Dan Kimball
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A popular meme says that reading the Bible is the fastest way to become an atheist! On the face of it, the Bible does seem to have some verses that are pro-slavery, pro-violence, anti-women, and anti-science. Leaving aside the fact that atheists have no objective moral standard by which to judge anything wrong, these verses do seem to present a problem for Christians. Young people see these memes and are cast into doubt. That’s why you need to get the excellent new book by pastor and seminary professor Dan Kimball called 𝑯𝒐𝒘 (𝑵𝒐𝒕) 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆: 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏, 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑺𝒍𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚-𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆. Dan clearly answers these charges and shows us how to properly interpret these passages. This is a MUST read/listen! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 04, 2020
No one can be Happy without this
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Unhappy?  It’s impossible to be happy unless you are thankful.  Frank uses the book of Romans and common sense to show why. Along the way, Frank addresses the politically incorrect passages in Romans 1 and asks questions to people who disagree with Paul and Jesus. Frank also addresses the following questions listeners have:  Why isn’t Jeremiah 29:11 a promise to us? Does God condone concubines and polygamy? Does God speak to Christians directly?  Why doesn’t He speak to me? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 25, 2020
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher
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For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling New York Times best-selling author, Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America. In his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by these brave men. “America is sleepwalking into soft totalitarianism. If we ignore the prophetic voices of those who survived Communism, we deserve what we get,” says Dreher.  We are walking into a trap, and the solution is much more than politics.    Mr. Dreher joins Frank to expose this encroaching problem and offer some solutions.  All Christians need to listen to this!  If you begin to live by lies now, you will not resist when you’re pressured to deny Christ.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 20, 2020
Challenging Conversations with Jason Jimenez
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Are you afraid to have conversations about controversial issues?   Some are even controversial in the church!  Then join Frank as he welcomes Jason Jimenez, author of the new book Challenging Conversations.  The book gives practical advice on how to have productive conversations on 9 issues:  Depression and mental illness, addiction, pornography, pre-marital sex, divorce and remarriage, LGBT issues, abortion, politics, and racism.  On the show, Frank and Jason cover three of these issues.  After the show, check out Jason’s ministry www.StandStrongMinistries.org If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 13, 2020
The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
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How should Christians react to an election that they think may be fraudulent, regardless of who they support?  How should we treat those who disagree with us politically?  Despite the political upheaval, what will, thankfully, never change in the Christian’s life?  Frank addresses those questions and then offers a short primer on economics which shows why socialism doesn’t work— in fact, it can’t work because it misdiagnoses human nature and economics 101.  Young people especially need to listen to this.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 07, 2020
The Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage vs God
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In the year 2018 the debate “What Best Explains Reality: Theism or Atheism? (Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer)” took place. Frank presented his case for the existence of God as the best explanation for some facts about reality, such as the origin and fine-tuned of the universe and the objective moral values and duties. One of Shermer's arguments to demonstrate the deficiency of the hypothesis of God was to present the famous analogy of "The Dragon in The Garage", used for the first time by Carl Sagan in his book The Demon-Haunted World. This is the original analogy: Suppose I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely, you'd want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories of dragons over the centuries, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!"Show me," you say. I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old tricycle--but no dragon."Where's the dragon?" you ask."Oh, she's right here," I reply, waving vaguely. "I neglected to mention that she's an invisible dragon." You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the dragon's footprints."Good idea," I say, "but this dragon floats in the air."Then you'll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire."Good idea, but the invisible fire is also heatless."You'll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible."Good idea, but she's an incorporeal dragon and the paint won't stick." And so on. I counter every physical test you propose with a special explanation of why it won't work.Now, what's the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there's no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists? Your inability to invalidate my hypothesis is not at all the same thing as proving it true. Claims that cannot be tested, assertions immune to disproof are veridically worthless, whatever value they may have in inspiring us or in exciting our sense of wonder. What I'm asking you to do comes down to believing, in the absence of evidence, on my say-so. Shermer's version has some variants to ridicule Frank's stance on the existence of God as an explanation of the origin of the universe, the objective moral values, ​​and duties and the fine-tuning of the universe. The main objective of Shermer is to prove that the existence of God is impossible to refute in the same way that theists can't refute the existence of the dragon in the garage. But is this a good argument? Not really. Let me explain why. The first thing that Shermer wants us to believe using Sagan's analogy is that the properties of God that the theists attribute to him are mere gratuitous affirmations without any evidence. Here Shermer has in mind the revealed theology, those attributes that we know that God possesses through his word revealed to us. But in the debate with Frank one does not affirm the attributes of God as in the case of the dragon in the garage. And although it is not necessary, let me compare the fire-breathing dragon and God with their respective attributes. The case for the Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage Invisibility. This attribute is granted without any evidence. Floating in the air. Neither is inferred based on any evidence. Cold Fire. Like the previous ones, there is no argument to attribute this property to the dragon; moreover, the property is self-contradictory. Immateriality. Zero arguments, and like cold fire-breathing, this is a contradictory property of a dragon. For a dragon to be a dragon, it must have a body with certain essential properties of a dragon, it can't be incorporeal. The case for God Creator, metaphysically necessary, self-existent. These attributes are inferred through the argument of contingent beings and the ontological argument. Transcendent, personal cause, beginningless, uncaused, timeless,
Nov 07, 2020
How Do I Know that I Know?
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By Richard Howe In 2013, I had the privilege of participating in both a written and panel dialog/debate with K. Scott Oliphint of Westminster Seminary and Jason Lisle founder of the Biblical Science Institute. Oliphint is a theologian and Lisle is an astrophysicist. Both are proponents of the apologetic method of Presuppositionalism in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til. Recently a student of mine asked me how I would respond to one of Jason Lisle’s challenges to me. I contend that all knowledge begins in the senses and is completed in the intellect. (Lest the reader misunderstand what I specifically mean by my use of the term ‘knowledge’ in this context, he is encouraged to read my blog article titled “Discussing Aquinas” here.) Lisle asked: “How does he know that he’s not in the ‘Matrix’ and that his sensory experiences have nothing to do with the real world?”[1] In helping the student by answering Lisle’s question directly, I also wanted to take the occasion to set Lisle’s question in a broader philosophical context to see how his question conceals certain philosophical assumptions that need to be surfaced and examined. Lisle’s question is ultimately impossible. I claim that it is undeniable that one can know reality through the sensory faculties—seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling. The reader should note the subtle shift here. Above, I said that all knowledge begins in the senses. Lisle’s challenge is in effect asking how any knowledge can arise from the senses. More to the point, Lisle is asking how I can know that my senses are reliable—how can I “know” that I “know.” Lisle’s challenge is less complicated to answer than my original contention is to defend. I will take the less complicated route here. It remains that the fact that any knowledge can arise from the senses is a necessary condition for the claim that all knowledge arises from the senses (and is completed in the intellect).[2] The most common responses or challenges to my claim are this one that Lisle poses (how do you know your senses are reliable?) and questions to the effect of how can one acquire knowledge about non-physical truths like logic, morality, metaphysics, and God by means of the senses. He makes the charge (in teeing up his challenge) that I have “tacitly presupposed (among other things) that our senses correspond to reality.”[3] As we shall see, I have done no such thing. Lisle’s question implies that I could know that I know reality only if I know that my senses are reliable. Let’s momentarily grant his point for the sake of argument. I’ll come back to answer it directly. For now, consider what questions one would need to ask about Lisle’s challenge. Since my senses are themselves part of reality, how could I know that my senses are reliable when I claim that it is in them that my knowledge of reality has its origin? In other words, whatever means (be they other faculties besides the sensory faculties or something else) I use to deliver to me the conclusion that my senses are reliable, I would then have to ask how I know that this means was itself reliable. By whatever means #2 I might offer as to how I would answer that, how could I know means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means was reliable in telling me that my senses were reliable in telling me about reality? If I posit means #3 to tell me that means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means is reliable when it tells me that my senses are reliable in telling me what reality is, then …. You get the picture. You have an infinite regress. Lisle thinks that he doesn’t have an infinite regress because he thinks he knows that God has told him about reality (or, more strictly, that God has told him that his senses are reliable). But how does Lisle know that God told him that? He thinks it’s because he has the Bible. He says, “Sensory experience is only reliable if our senses correspond to reality; and only the Christian ...
Nov 04, 2020